THE ART BLOG
Mountain Meadows Golf Course in Elkford was recently the scene of a wonderful music event! The Canadian folk singer, Valdy appeared for a one night engagement as a fundraising event for the Elkford Arts Council Society and Mountain Meadows Golf Course. The sold-out venue was filled to capacity in a clubhouse converted into a small concert hall enhanced with displays of local art work.
Valdy’s remarkable career began in the late 60’s with his biggest hit “Play Me a Rock and Roll Song”. His resume includes 15 albums 22 singles, 2 Juno awards, and an induction into the Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame. He draws on his experiences on the road and current events as inspiration for his songs and proudly announces that he still does 200 gigs a year at 71 years old.
The majority baby boomer crowd proved very familiar with most of Valdy’s material and were encouraged to help out with some of the choruses. They happily obliged. Valdy charmed the Elkford audience with humorous tales of his days on the road and introduced Martin, his guitar, which has been his constant companion for most of his career. He played the crowd favourites, (“The Rainmaker”, “Ordinary Man”, “Yes I Can,” and others) but also performed some newer tunes such as “Tom We Miss You” (an ode to Stomping Tom) and a new composition, “Rolling North on Highway 63” which tells the story of the Fort McMurray fire evacuees returning home. Valdy’s easy banter and on- key renditions easily captivated his audience. They only knew him for a few hours but they left calling Valdy “a friend”.
The Elkford Arts Council Society and Mountain Meadows Golf Course were beneficiaries of this event and there are many to thank for making this possible. A big Thank You to the following:
Cindy Hesje, Bill MacDonald, Carol Robertson, Colleen Trozzo, Abbey Ridge Productions, Judy Meakin, Judy James, Teck, Stacie Dixon, Barb Nelson, Renie Porter, Terry Vandale, Gary Cleverly, Mark Hesje, Mountain Meadows Ladies Golf, and of course, the audience who eagerly purchased tickets and made our jobs so much easier! We hope you will also support our future endeavours!
Gen Muller on behalf of Elkford Arts Council Society